SKATE CONTEST – The 2nd Annual Owl’s Head Skatepark Old Man Jam @ Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NYC is set for Saturday August 25, 2007 from 11am to 6pm. Helmet Required. Rain Date August 26th. For info email

JAY ADAMS UPDATE – Jay just got moved to Oregon and is due to be released in a year or less. Send letters to JAY ADAMS #92665-022 FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION PO BOX 5000 SHERIDAN, OR 97378.

TONY HAWK FOUNDATION SKATEPARK GRANT APPLICATIONS – Fall 2007 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant Applications are available at the Foundation’s Web site at Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded over $1.7-million to 336 communities for the construction of public skateparks. Over 200 of these parks are currently open and serving more than 1.8-million youth annually. Tony Hawk Foundation grants are offered to qualifying municipalities and registered nonprofit groups for the construction of free, public skateparks. Awards range from $1,000 to $25,000, and are based on a one-time, single-year award. The Foundation does not provide sustaining funds or multi-year grants. Grant applications are completed online, and may be submitted through October 1, 2007. Grant awards will be announced in December. For more info visit the Grant Application section of

SKATE CONTEST – Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce the Back To School Bash All Ages Contest on Saturday, August 18, 2007 with five divisions and prizes up to 5th place in each one. Skatepark of Tampa.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monster Energy’s Jake Brown steps off a high line and into X Games folklore forever. Competing in the X Games 13’s Skate Big Air comp, Brown – with the lead – stuck the landing on the first-ever 720 over the 70-foot gap and looked for a moment as if he’d pad the lead he already had in the Skate Big Air event after landing a backside 360 to 19.5-foot backside 540 on the Mega quarter pipe on his first run (95.33 score). Instead, Brown landed on ESPN’s SportsCenter – following a crash best described by skate legend Tony Hawk. ‘It’s like he jumped out of a building and landed on the sidewalk,’ said Hawk of Brown’s 50-plus foot freefall-to-flat bottom landing – rendering Brown unconscious. ‘Worst slam I’ve ever seen.’ That, in skate terms, is a HUGE compliment to Jake Brown, especially considering the previous holder of the ‘worst slam ever’ moniker, Chris Miller (late 80s Upland Combi Pool), was announcing on ESPN with Hawk. Brown hit the flat bottom sofa king so hard his skate shoes ejected and went into the crowd. It was ugly. After a commercial break, Brown was helped to his feet and he was able to walk off the halfpipe with direction from the ESPN medical crew. Brown left to a standing ovation from the Staple Center crowd.

POWELL NEWS – Jordan Hoffart, John White, Josh Hawkins and Steve Caballero will be at Woodward West in August skating with the campers. Joining them will be Ben Hatchell and Derek ‘Death Wish’ Elmendorf… Two new sets of Powell Pro decks are now available. A CAB art series and a Hot Rod inspired series.

BACK TO THE BANKS 2007 – Emerica and 5boro Skateboards, along with event sponsors Spitfire, Volcom, Independent, Red Bull and Skateboarder Magazine, are proud to announce that on Saturday, August 11, 2007, the Back to the Banks contest will once again take over the Brooklyn Banks in New York. Steve Rodriguez from 5boro Skateboards, tirelessly spent hours on end with the City of New York officials to save the Brooklyn Banks when they were slated for destruction, and through his endless efforts, Steve was able to save the banks for good. The Emerica team is proud to stand behind Steve and his beliefs, and offer their continued support to the only street contest that is held at a natural terrain skateboard spot. For more information, please visit

VIDEO PREMIERE – Premiere of ‘TONY HAWK’S SECRET SKATEPARK TOUR 3’ at Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, August 2, 2007. Movie starts at 9:00 pm. Secret Skatepark Tour 3 Featured Athletes: Tony Hawk, Riley Hawk, Bam Margera, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler, Mike Vallely, Alex Chalmers, Mike Escamilla, David Loy, Justin Figueroa, Shaun Stulz, Taylor Smith. For the third Secret Skatepark Tour, Tony and some of the world’s top action sports athletes showed up unannounced at six different public parks in North America.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Vans presents The WORLDCHAMPIONSHIP of SKATEBOARDING ROTTERDAM Holland Contest Results from July 27-29, 2007
FINALS STREET – 1 Arto Saari 25 FIN 2 Ondrej Leskoviansky 20 SLO 3 Dominik Dietrich 22 AUT 4 Axel Crysberghs 12 BEL 5 David Gonzalez 16 COL 6 Chris Pfanner 23 AUT 7 David Loy 10 USA 8 Anthony Schultz 18 USA 9 Freddy Austbo 19 NOR 10 Tim Zom 19 NED. BEST TRICK Curren Caples 11 USA 360 Varial Mute Grab. FINALS VERT 1 Rune Gliffberg 33 DEN 2 Sandro Dias 32 BRA 3 Neal Hendrix 33 USA 4 Renton Millar 32 AUS 5 Terence Bougdour 29 FRA 6 Jurgen Horrwarth 31 GER 7 Trevor Ward 29 AUS 8 Sam Beckett 25 GBR 9 Nicky Guerrero 39 DEN 10 Sascha Muller 29 GER

SKATE CONTEST – Vans presents Oerend Hard – August 4-5, 2007 at the Hulsbeek skatepark in Oldenzaal, Holland. Check out

DOGTOWN SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Dogtown has been working on 5 new deck designs including brand new shapes, new Dogtown Select boutique-styled clothing line, as well as hosting and sponsoring events such at Dukes in Malibu with Indie 103.1. ZJ’s boarding house with prizes raffled off and profits going to various organizations such as ‘Heal the Bay’. The latest adventure is the Green House Effect..

FRENCH OLD SCHOOL SKATE JAM From left to right, old soldiers Claude Queyrel, Jean Terrisse and Fred Ferand supporting the cause at the French Old School Skate Jam. The 2nd French Old School Sk8 Jam on July 7th and 8th was a really cool event. Part 1 was the banked slalom, which was held indoors at the Nantes Skatepark, and part 2 was at the legendary 70’s skatepark of La-Roche-sur-Yon in France. Check the pics on the following links: and and

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sole Technology CEO Teams Up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media to Create the Environmental Film ‘The 11th Hour’ — Pierre Andre Senizergues, founder and CEO of Sole Technology was in attendance at the Hollywood ‘Green’ carpet premiere of ‘The 11th Hour’ at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on August 8. Also in attendance were professional surfers and environmental activists, Keith Malloy, Chris Malloy and Dan Malloy. As an executive producer on the film, Senizergues teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media to create the highly anticipated environmental documentary. ‘The 11th Hour,’ a feature length documentary, produced, directed and written by Leonardo DiCaprio, examines the state of the global environment, and includes visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s struggling ecosystems. ‘The 11th Hour’ will be in theaters in Los Angeles and New York City on August 17. The film also will be screened in San Diego during the Action Sports Retailer tradeshow on Sat., Sept. 8.

BLACK LABEL / EMERGENCY NEWS – The new Royal Hawaiian Pool Service ‘Guest Model’ his hitting shelves now. RHPS designed, Lucero produced. Get ’em before they’re all gone. Limited run. Ask your local skate shop to order you some.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – VAS Takes European Skateboarding for a Spin in the ‘New Neighbours’ DVD – Produced by DC Shoes Europe and WESC, this DVD wreaks havoc in Scandinavia, home of gray skies, green pastures, and vast expanses of urban concrete, marble and steel – otherwise known as a skater’s perfect challenge. This first-ever Nordic independent skateboard video features the top eight skaters in the region: Jani Laitila, Janne Saario, Love Eneroth, Henning Braaten, Mika Edin, Stefan Jacobsen, Kristian Bomholt, and Anders Jorgensen. Filmmakers Geir Allan Hove and Oyvind Aspen capture the skaters’ raw talent. Neighbours is available now in skate shops nationwide. www.vasentertainment.

MANNY MANIA NYC – On Sunday, August 12th the best manual skaters will gather underneath the Manhattan Bridge for the pro final of Red Bull Manny Mania. Joey Brezinski (Venice Pro winner), Zered Bassett, Nick Dompierre, Brandon Biebel, Kerry Getz, Kenny Anderson, Chico Brenes and Daniel Castillo will be there 3pm to 8pm (approx) at Coleman Square Park. Check for photos, videos, giveaways and more.

CONSPIRACY NEWS -The new Frontside Five board with the pool devil graphic is in and comes in all sizes! Also available are 2 collector’s decks from the Taste Of Chaos tour and Vans Warped Tour ’07. Both are very limited and come with a limited edition silk screened poster. Medusa’s are still available in both 8.25′ and 8.5′ The graphics look awesome and it’s a solid board for any kind of riding. Also, just in are the 54mm/101a street wheels.

NIKE NEWS – Nike has hired Ken Dice as vice president of USA brand management. Most recently, For the last three and a half years, he led the marketing teams for The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The Animal Planet, The Travel Channel, and eight other cable television networks. Dice reports to Craig Cheek, Vice President and General Manager of Nike USA. Copyright 2007 SportsOneSource, LLC

EASTCOASTAHOLIC NEWS – Rob Nelson is out on the road with Amped Riders to raise awareness that disabled sports does not just apply to track and field and ball sports. For details visit and Adaptive Action Sports Tour: and Extremity Games:

NEW BOOK – ‘Art, Skateboarding and Life’ by Andy Howell will be released on August 1, 2007. In his first monograph, Andy Howell’s work on the deck and as an artist is presented within the context of an expansive network of artists, skaters and agitators all bent on having an impact. Chronologically arranged chapters are driven by an intense mixture of interviews, narrative text and non-stop full bleed visuals that trace Howell’s journey through pro skateboarding, the action sports industry and allied segments of the DIY movements within art, music and design. Contributors include Tony Hawk, Shepard Fairey, Patricia Arquette, Dallas Austin, Ed Templeton, David Choe and Kenton Parker. The 2 DVDs feature interviews with artists and skaters, skate videos and music by Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Monkey Wrench, Mass Prophets, The Blowing Rock Triplets and more.

SKATE CONTEST – Seismic 2007 US Nationals of Slalom Skateboarding -August 23-26, Longmont and Windsor Colorado – The Seismic US Nationals of Slalom Skateboarding will return to beautiful Downtown Longmont Colorado for the 2nd year in a row. Racers from all over the world will be competing in 4 disciplines of slalom skateboarding. The events are Banked Slalom at the world class Longmont Skatepark at Sandstone Park Thursday evening, a 22 second 1/4 mile dual lane Giant Slalom in Windsor Colorado on Friday, a fast, technical Hybrid Slalom race in Downtown Longmont on Saturday and the Tight Slalom race will be held in Downtown Longmont, just off Main Street on Sunday.

HOOD GAMES 2007 features K-Dub, Karl Watson, OH-HI playas and Comet Skateboards. It’s a block party with skateboarding, art, music, dance and fashion at USC Campus McCarthy Quad on August 5, 2007 11-6 PM. Come skate and chill all day.

Aug 1 demo in Birmingham, England.
Aug 3 demo in Amsterdam, Holland.
Aug 5 demo in Germany (location tba).
Aug 8 demo in Copenhagen, Denmark (beach street spot).
Aug 9 demo in Malmo, Sweden (rad concrete park).
Aug 11 demo in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Aug 13 demo in Moscow, Russia.

ARTHOUSE SKATEBOARD DISTRIBUTION – Founded by Kris Markovich, Arthouse is a distributor of professional skateboard products both domestically and abroad. Brands distributed by Arthouse include Crimson Skateboards, Popwar, Bueno Skateboards, Teenage Runaway, Accel Wheel Company, Destructo Trucks, Jessup, Riviera and Paris Truck Co.

SKULL SKATES NEWS – Skull Skates has released four new skate decks:
1) The GNC Pipecleaner – retro 70’s / hybrid deck measuring 8 1/4′ x 31 1/2′.
2) The Bill Danforth Ransom model – hybrid shape measuring 9′ x 31 1/4′.
3) The Mini Gun – mid sized longboard deck measuring 8 3/4′ x 39′ with new wave graphic.
4) The Flowmaster – midsize twin shape longboard measuring 8 1/2′ x 40′.

FOUNDATION NEWS – Foundation welcomes new AM David Reyes.

SPAUSA NEWS – Keoni Castaneda has recently joined us at SPAUSA. Keoni was a former competitive vert skater hailing from Hawaii and Virginia Beach and has an extensive background in business development and marketing. He will now be handling our membership services and events. We have a new insurance program for SPAUSA members for events starting at $250 per event. That flat rate will cover most events that a skatepark, skateshop or organization would hold. Coverage is $2 million. If you need coverage for a ramp in your shop or a skatepark you can get a free quote at We also have team coverage and coverage for camps and instruction. The fees are $25 per rider per year with a calendar year of Aug 15 – Aug 15.

DVS EAST INFECTION TOUR – AUG 17-28 – Mikey Taylor, Daewon Song, Steve Berra, Kerry Getz, Zered Bassett, Keith Hufnagel, Jeron Wilson, Jereme Rogers, Chico Brenes, Torey Pudwill, Lamare Hemmings, Guru Khalsa, and Daniel Castillo will be infecting the East Coast August 17-28. You can follow the DVS East Infection tour on line at

GRIND KING NEWS – Grind King proudly unveils the launch of their newly updated website

LUSH ENTERTAINMENT and CRASH present – X Games, OGIO, SPOCOM, Skateboarder Magazine – Red Carpet Premiere. Wednesday August 1, 2007. INVITE ONLY : 21+ : Complimentary Entrance @ MOOD Supperclub 6623 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

2007 MASS – The 5th Annual Mid Atlantic Skate Series sponsored by Ledo Pizza –
All ages and abilities welcome. Raising funds for Mike Rodger’s Grind for Life cancer support charitable organization.
August 18, 2007: Charles County Skatepark, White Plains, MD
August 25-26, 2007: St. Mary’s County Skatepark, Lexington Park, MD

MONSTER ENERGY UPDATE – Monster Energy signs 16-year-old vert skater Alex Perelson to its stable of halfpipe skaters.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Bob Burnquist wins X Games Gold at X Games 13 in the Skate Big Air competition. After going through the laborious process of recreating the X Games mega ramp in his backyard, Burnquist was able to practice on the behemoth in the months leading up to the Games. The ever courteous Burnquist even invited over his fellow competitors so that they could practice and help push each other to create new tricks. Bob was rewarded for all his hard work with the Gold Medal at X Games 13. Sitting in second place going into his final run, Burnquist needed something big to put him back in first. Bob threw down a monstrous final run, dropping in switch Bob landed a super stylish 180 no-handed backside ollie over the 70-foot gap followed by a double-overhead rodeo front-side 540 on the quarter pipe. Staples Center erupted as Bob nailed his final run and claimed the Gold Medal. Bob would like to thank all his sponsors: Flip Skateboards, Hurley, Oakley, Activision, Nixon, Pro-Tec Helmets, OGIO Bags, Stonyfield Farm, Zoobamboo Entertainment and Burnquist Organics.

UXA introduces its first collectible skateboard series!

DGK by RBK EUROPEAN TOUR – RBK has paired up with Stevie Williams to create the skate line DGK, and for the first time ever, Reebok is proud to announce that Stevie and the DGK Team are headed out for the first, official DGK by RBK European Tour 2007. It will be 17 days of shredding and shop signing. Kicking off in Belgrade on August 13th, and taking in Munich and Berlin on the way to skate the UK for a week, the full DGK team will be giving demos at local parks plus signings at local core skate shops.The tour will feature DGK ams Wade DesArmo and Lenny Rivas, DGK pros Stevie Williams, Jack Curtin and Marcus McBride with DGK team manager Nick Lockman. Further details at or

DEVILLE WHEELS – ‘Deville Wheel Company’. Top quality wheels made right here in the USA. All Deville wheels feature A type speed formula patented and created by Creative Urethanes Inc. Guaranteed against flat spots, and made for abuse Deville Wheels are an excellent choice for lasting durability. For more info go to

EUROPEAN SKATEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 – Carhartt and etnies join forces to celebrate the 7th edition of the European Skateboard Championships from August 9-12, 2007 at the Margarethen Stadium in Basel. Thursday kicks off with the European Junior Champs on the street course for the 5 – 16 year olds. Everyone older than 16 skates on Friday. The title of the European Champion will be up for grabs in three disciplines: Miniramp/Bowl, Vert and Street. Sunday is the day for the etnies Girls PUSH Jam. The big names of the European skateboard scene will be at the event: Arto Saari, Rune Glifberg, Chris Pfanner, as well as the current European Champions Alex Mizurov and Jurgen Horrwarth. More news and information on

VENICE SKATEPARK NEWS – Groundbreaking of the long awaited Venice Skatepark in Venice Beach, CA, is set for Oct/Nov 2007.

AST DEW TOUR ANNOUNCES ‘AST DROPS IN’ – The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced the creation of a new national charity initiative, AST Drops In. In each AST Dew Tour host city, AST Drops In will work with local charities to introduce disadvantaged children to action sports, providing donations of equipment and funds to incorporate action sports into their daily activities. Through a relationship with Charity Folks, a leading online marketplace for nonprofit fundraising, the AST Dew Tour will auction off memorabilia and experiential items from Dew Tour athletes and partners. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit the host city’s selected children’s charities. Fans can log on to
Vans Invitational Aug. 16-19 Portland, Ore.-Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 20-23 Salt Lake City, Utah-Energy Solutions Arena
PlayStation Pro Oct. 18-21 Orlando, Fla.-Amway Arena
More information can be found at

GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2007 – Entry fee $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt) Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age divisIons 9 and under skate first … 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over… 4th Contest ‘Pool’ – Sept 23 – Kona Skatepark – 904-725-8770 – 8739 Kona Ave Jacksonville, FL 32211. Registration 3pm. Contest starts at 4pm… Overall Awards – Nov 17 – Cocoa Beach Skatepark – Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Awards ceremony for the series will be at the 5th Annual Grind for Life Benefit Event from 3pm-8pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a silent auction. For more info call 561-252-3839 or visit

WELCOME 2 VENICE CD Release party hosted by Built on An Ounce Records on Friday, August 24 at 14 Below in Santa Monica, CA. Show starts at 8pm. The punk compilation ‘Welcome 2 Venice’ features fourteen bands and sixteen tracks, released on Built On An Ounce Records July 24th 2007. Produced by Louichi Mayorga (X/ Suicidal Tendencies, Horny Toad), W2V features current and former members of skate/punk/hardcore bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Beowulf, Neighborhood Watch, Excel, and Creeper that put Venice on the map in the early eighties. Highlights of W2V include two songs by AgainST – a reunion of original Suicidal Tendencies band members with Dan Clements (X/Excel, Supervillain) on the track ‘Camarillo’ and Keven Guercio (X/No mercy) on the track ‘Roll the Dice’. Legendary Dogtown skater Jay Adams’ musical debut with his band Second Coming lays down two tracks ‘No Family’ and ‘That Ain’t My Baby.’ Beowulf front man Dale Henderson comes together with members of Fear Factory and X-Suicidal Tendencies members as the L.A. Infidels with ‘Earshot Away’. Fist of Fury (with professional Koping Killer skater Aaron Murray) track ‘Wrecking Crew’ is skate rock you can thrash to. Horny Toad give W2V a great track with ‘Human Commodity’. N9’s track ‘Homeless’ is raw, simple, straightforward punk rock giving us more evidence that when it comes to punk rock, Venice bands know how to deliver. Reunited Neighborhood Watch, TDRT, Double Secret Probation, Damaged Kids, Supervillain, Unidentified Minds, and Creeper round out the list of bands featured on this historical comp. For more go to

The SKATANIC REDNECKS have just released, ‘A DAY WITHOUT BLOOD’ on Whiskey Records and completed a June/July U.S. heartland tour.

SECOND ANNUAL THE SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL –SEPTEMBER 2 AT BERGAMOT ARTS COLONY IN SANTA MONICA, CA, is the ultimate all-ages end of summer mega music, skate and lifestyle extravaganza. The event will feature over 40 bands on three stages, an afternoon skateboarding expo, autograph sessions and Gibson guitar giveaways. Artists confirmed to perform include: Mat Kearney, Augustana, OneRepublic, Brett Dennen, Zeke, Astra Heights, Whitestarr, The Tender Box, Test Your Reflex, Eddie Spaghetti and Friends (of Supersuckers), Deadbolt, Ian Moore, Mozella, Duane Peter’s Gunfight, Batallion of Saints, Speedbuggy, Over It, Kate Voegele, Orange, Mandi Perkins, Jay Clifford, Rezurex, Jeremy Fisher, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, Charlie and The Valentine Killers, Dead Rock West, Drive-A, The Uprising, Rocket, Manda, Billy Boy on Poison, Los Creepers, The Widders, Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows, Canon, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls, Dirty Harry, Bullets and Octane, Lonesome Spurs, Tim Myers, Ambrose, Curt Phillips, John Neilson and Stonehoney. Tickets are available now via TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232 and at all TicketMaster retail ticket centers, online at or service charge free at The Key Club box office. For more information go to:

NEW BOOK – JIMI HENDRIX: THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE. Authorized by the Hendrix Estate, ‘JIMI HENDRIX: THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE’ illuminates the life of a musical icon whose explosive style pioneered a new generation of rock and roll. With exclusive access to the private family archives, co-authors Janie Hendrix and John McDermott tell the vibrant and unique story of Jimi’s life, from his formative years in hardscrabble Seattle through his short-lived days in the eye of a fanatic and dedicated public, to the aftermath of his sudden death and the wake of his legacy. This book is truly an interactive experience, featuring reproductions of drawings from Jimi’s childhood, rare handwritten song lyrics, and never-before-seen archival photographs.

VANS WARPED TOUR ADDS ‘OLD SCHOOL STAGE’ – As a special end to a very successful ‘Lucky 13’ VANS WARPED TOUR, producer and founder Kevin Lyman has added an extra stage to this summer’s final show on August 25 a the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. As a tribute to the roots of the tour and to the bands, this stage will feature performances from The Dickies, Circle Jerks, Manic Hispanic, Fear, The Adolescents, Agent Orange, Duane Peters Gunfight and a special rendition of Punk Rock Karaoke featuring various 2007 VANS WARPED TOUR bands. Tickets are available via TicketMaster. For tour dates and other tour information, go to

LEGENDARY REGGAE ARTISTS THE WAILERS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES – World-renowned reggae band The Wailers, have confirmed late summer U.S. tour dates to commence July 28th in Anchorage, AK. The Wailers return to America for a nationwide tour including stops in Chicago, IL for Lollapalooza on August 5th and at the First Annual Pittsburgh DiverseCity Festival on August 18th in Pittsburgh, PA. The tour wraps up in West Palm Beach, FL, with a pair of shows September 14th and 15th. Best known for performing with Bob Marley before his untimely death, The Wailers have earned the reputation as the most celebrated reggae act of all time.

SIOUXSIE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM SET FOR OCTOBER 2 RELEASE – Decca Records is proud to announce the release of MANTARAY, the debut solo album from renowned British artist Siouxsie. Since her first appearance onstage in 1976 at the 100 Club Punk Festival Siouxsie has been a pioneer. She captivated audiences with her dramatic, compelling presence that pushed, then broke, boundaries. Her continually evolving style – from chaotic, aggressive punk to sophisticated, glossy pop – resulted in an impressive canon of work that continues to remain provocative today.

JONNY MANAK and THE DEPRESSIVES new CD ‘Rebound Town’ released by Reach Around Records. Get yers at

SXSW 2008 takes place March 12 – 16, 2008 in Austin, Texas. A keynote address anchors four days of panels, interviews, workshops, peer meetings and the trade show exhibition at the Austin Convention Center. Daytime events flow into the world-renowned music festival, which showcases over 1000 acts on stages throughout downtown Austin. Go to to learn more and to register to attend.

THE WORK OF PROLIFIC ROCK N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHER NEAL PRESTON IS FEATURED ON THE DEBUT OF SPINNER.COM’S NEW MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY SECTION, PHOTOSYNTHESIS. This montage of PRESTON’s work features famous, behind the scenes pictures of rock n’ roll luminaries such as Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sid Vicious and even The Rat Pack, among others. With a body of work spanning almost four decades, PRESTON has worked closely with such rock royalty as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, and countless other luminaries. PRESTON was a key contributor to VH-1’s acclaimed ‘Behind the Music’ documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in 50 episodes. PRESTON’s PhotoSynthesis gallery can be found on Also, check out

METAL BLADE RECORDS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF HEAVINESS – To help commemorate Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord, The Absence, and one more guest to be announced have teamed up for a full US tour to begin September 6th in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues.

BAD BRAINS SET STREET DATE and TRACK LISTING. BEASTIE BOY ADAM YAUCH HELMS NEW BAD BRAINS ALBUM. – Bad Brains have confirmed that Shavo Odadjian from System Of A Down will direct the first video off the forthcoming album Build A Nation. A Bad Brains worldwide tour is in the planning stages, including several major festival appearances both in the USA and Europe including an appearance on August 5th at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, MD. The first proper Bad Brains studio album in over a decade, ‘Build A Nation’ on Megaforce Records features all the original members of the group: HR, Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson. Produced by long time fan, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Build A Nation is a return to form for the band that helped define American Punk and Hardcore music. For more go to

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Hopeless/Sub City Records and Artists Donate Over One Million Dollars to Charity. Celebration to be held August 26, 2007 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, benefiting Project MuszEd, limited number of tickets available for fans in the LA area at

‘KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN’ – New book by GLEN E. FRIEDMAN. Coming this fall. Official release date: September 3, 2007. Twenty years to the day of the very first Fugazi show.

NORWEGIAN ROCKERS TURBONEGRO RELEASE LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM ‘RETOX’ OUT AUGUST 14TH 2007 ON COOKING VINYL US. The bands full back catalog, including monster hit albums ‘Apocalypse Dudes’, ‘Ass Cobra’ and ‘Never is Forever’, is also set for re-release on September 11th 2007. These releases will be followed by a US tour, and a performance on September 15th at Monolith Festival alongside mega stars of rock including The Flaming Lips and Kings of Leon.

‘PANIC ATTACK! Art in the Punk Years’ edited by Mark Sladen and Ariella Yedgar and available through Merrell Publishers will be released August 2007 in hardcover. PANIC ATTACK! is a powerful visual account of British and American art from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, a revolutionary period when both countries were breeding grounds for the subcultures of punk and post-punk. PANIC ATTACK! Art in the Punk Years exposes the vibrant art scene that, alongside the music and fashion of the time, defined the aesthetic and era. 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ and its infamous cover design by Jamie Reid. In addition to Reid’s images, artwork by Nan Goldin, Derek Jarman, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Longo grace the pages of PANIC ATTACK!

BOOK RELEASE – October Hal Leonard Books is releasing a beautiful hardcover book of photography by NYC nightlife legend, William ‘PoPsie’ Randolph, the man on the scene from the beginning of big band to the beginning of the Beatles. In demand by musicians, record labels and network television from 1940 to the mid-1970s, PoPsie’s celebrated subjects include giants of jazz, RandB, Motown and early rock and roll including Velvet Underground, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Elvis, Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Real Skateboards and Deluxe, Juxtapoz, the Fighting for Dreams crew and Osiris invite you to an evening of music, art and general mayhem in San Francisco on Thursday, Sept 6th, 2007. Famed 111 Minna Gallery will be hosting a one night only show featuring new and collected works from Jeff Soto, Regino Gonzales, OG Abel, Maxx 242, Munk One, Hydro 74, Jason Gallo, Aaron Mason, Acorn and Gems One. Music by Blktop Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece, and Matt Rodriguez. Limited edition T’s will be sold the night of the show only with a portion of the proceds going to the Make A Wish Foundation. Reception starts at 6:30PM. Free admission. For more info visit and

ART SHOW – Scion presents: Installation 4 – It’s a Beautiful World featuring art by:
Andrew Pommier, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek le Rat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J. Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, R. Grimes, Rammellzee, RETNA, Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Sam Flores, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard. Show runs Aug 3-18, 2007 at Rhys Gallery located at 401 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118.

ART SHOW – Smashbox Studios invites you to a photography show in celebration of the union of Smashbox and Quixote Studios on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 7pm. ‘Create Inside The Box’ features photos by Andrew Eccles, Andrew Macpherson, Art Streiber, Davis Factor, Frank W Ockenfels 3, Gavin Bond, Jill Greenberg, Michael Grecco, Michael Muller, Robert Erdmann, Robert Maxwell and Yu Tsai. Smashbox Studios is located at 8549 Higuera Street Culver City, CA 90232.

SCION PRESENTS: TO THE MASSES – Scion and Giant Robot magazine present To The Masses, the latest art show at Scion’s 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. Artists from the U.S. include Caroline Hwang, Ben Woodward, feric, Dan-ah Kim, and Brian Ralph; from Japan: Eishi Takaoka and Kohei Yamashita; from Spain: Olaf Ladousse; from England: French. Together this diverse group of artists delves into different mediums (including silk screen printing, carved wood, simple pen-and-ink drawings) and styles. Yet they share an indie spirit, and are part of an underground cultural movement that spans the globe. The opening reception takes place August 25th, 7pm – 10pm and will run through September 8th at the Scion Installation LA Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. For more information, visit

HINNEBUSCH ART – Paintings from the Sandy Alleys of LA’ – One night only exhibit – Sunday Aug 5th from 3-7pm at Black + Blue located at 2711 Main St. Santa Monica, CA.

NEXT STEPS – NextAid along with Architecture for Humanity Los Angeles are throwing a fundraiser called ‘Next Steps’ on Sat. Sept. 15 at Infusion Gallery located at 719 S. Spring Street in downtown LA. The evening will consist of an art exhibit, a DJ party and a silent auction. All ages welcome but you must be 21+ to drink. A $15 minimum donation is suggested. A $10 guest list awaits patrons who email their RSVP in advance to For details visit and

ART SHOW – Damian Fulton is having a solo show at Gasoline Gallery 423 Main Street, El Segundo 90245. Sat. Aug. 18th is the opening reception with hot rod car show, food and drinks. Check out his work at or

U.S. OPEN of SURFING – ALEX GRAY (Palos Verde, Ca) had his ‘A’ game on display at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill in Huntington Beach, Ca. Photo Credit: ASP Rowland © Covered Images. Photographer: Sean Rowland

SIMA’S SURFING AMERICA USA CHAMPIONSHIPS TO NAME USA SURFING CHAMPIONS – The SIMA Surfing America USA Championships, which decides the undisputed USA surfing champion by pooling top talent from the ESA, HASA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA, will return to Huntington Beach in October. Immediately following the event, top athletes will be invited to the USA Surf Team trials which will select a national squad to compete at the 2008 Quiksilver/ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. October 22-24: Masters, Seniors, Legends, Junior Longboard, Mens Longboard, Senior Longboard, Girls Longboard, Womens Longboard, Mens Bodyboard, Womens, Bodyboard. October 24-28: All Youth Shortboard Surfing Divisions.

SEA PADDLE NYC – Monday, August 13th in New York City. It’s the first ever surfers paddle around Manhattan island, organized by the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit and benefiting several autism advocacy and support groups, as well as SEA. Participants in this endurance event will paddle 28 miles, beginning in the South Street Seaport vicinity, and continue up the East River, into the Harlem River then down the Hudson River, ending at Battery Park City. Two-dozen participants, including legendary surfers Darrick Doerner, Gerry Lopez and Joel Tudor will navigate the waters, battling currents, tides and even the occasional container ship. The event will kick off with a fundraising dinner on Saturday, August 11th, at the Oceanfont Estate 35 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach in which members of the local autism community will mingle with sponsors, donors, volunteers and, of course, the paddlers. For more information, visit

SURFBOARD ART – William A. Karges Fine Art present THE SURFBOARD ART of REYNOLDS YATER and KEVIN ANCELL. Legendary surfboard designer Reynolds Yater is renowned for his quality craftmanship and quiet, noble dedication to surfing for over forty years. Now, he’s partnered with artist-surfer Kevin Ancell to create exhibition surfboards for the collector. These boards transcend the idea of surfing as simply a recreational activity or professional sport by celebrating the beauty of the surfboard itself. Karges Fine Art will have mnay of these meticulously crafted, richly decorated surfboards on display for sale. There will be an opening reception with the artists from 10am-5pm on Sat. Oct 20. Exhibition Dates – Oct 20-Nov 10th at Karges Fine Art located at 6th and Dolores Streets in Carmel, CA.

SURFING MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ‘THE ART OF SURFING’ PRESENTED BY HURLEY AND HOSTED BY ROB MACHADO AUGUST 19, 2007. ‘The Art of Surfing’ will bring shapers, artists, musicians, filmmakers and the public together for a full day of artistic enjoyment in the City of Del Mar, CA at the Powerhouse Park. ‘The Art of Surfing’ will house 30 shapers under one roof. Well-known shapers like Jeff ‘Doc’ Lausch, Stu Kenson Chris Christenson, Xanadu, Rusty Preisendorfer, Tim Bessell and more will be on hand to meet the public and show and sell boards. Additionally, new technologies will be represented by Aviso, Firewire, and Surftech. In addition to surfboards, fine art and photography will be housed in the Powerhouse facility in Seagrove Park. The art is being curated by surf art pioneer Will Pennartz of The Surf Gallery, and will feature art and photography from Wolfgang Bloch, Flame, and Rob Machado. Simultaneously, surf shop Rusty Del Mar will be celebrating their 20 years on 15th Street with a community surf contest. A showing of Rob Machado’s favorite surf films will round out the festivities. The films will be shown starting around 8:30 PM in the park. Music will be provided throughout the day from cutting edge artists like Years Around the Sun. Admission to the entire event is free.

LES ‘BIRDMAN’ WILLIAMS, R.I.P. – Legendary Surfer Les Williams has passed on. Les was the first one to show what could be done with a Quigg Chip at Malibu in the late 1940s. He remained active in surfing and was dedicated to the San Onofre Surfing Club, as a long-time member and recently as President. The club’s blog has more about Les at:

JOEY BURAN NAMED AS USA SURF TEAM HEAD COACH – Former Pipe Master and World Masters Champion to spearhead new, expanded coaching staff and training program. To go along with the new Head Coach position, Surfing America named Mike Parsons as USA Surf Team Program Director. Parsons is already a Vice President of Surfing America and member of its Executive Committee.

OCEAN H20 CONFERENCE – 2007 Headwaters to Ocean H20 Conference Is coming to the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, CA, October 24-26. The conference will cover a wide spectrum of coast and ocean issues, including shoreline preservation, water quality, wetland restoration, watershed management, desalination and marine debris. For more info go to:

GLOBAL INHERITANCE PRESENTS ‘THE BIGGER PICTURE’ SUMMER SCREENING SERIES — Global Inheritance, a non profit environmental organization, presents The Bigger Picture, a special segment of the Sunset Cinema Series at the QuikSilver Edition Mission on selected Thursday nights this summer. Special guest Brian Liu is scheduled to appear in August to answer questions after the screening of his film DISARM, a contemporary, intelligent and critical investigation into how weapons systems, war, and the way it is waged are being redefined in the twenty-first century. Admission is free; the doors open at 7:30PM and special guest DJ takes the stage until sundown when the screening begins. The QuikSilver Edition Mission has set up shop on 1621 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice for the summer (June – August). Thursday through Sunday of each week, they offer various workshops and activities from ‘Yoga for surfers’ to bike tours to outdoor film screenings and live music. The QuikSilver Edition brand states; ‘The Mission on Abbot Kinney strives to ensure a sustainable natural environment, a welcome and creative society and the freedom to enjoy life’s easy pleasures.’ Global Inheritance will present on June 21st; July 12th, August 2nd and August 30th. You can also count on Live Music Out Back every Friday evening; the Yoga for Surfers every Saturday morning followed by the Missionary Speaker Series and barbeque lunch. You can learn more about The Mission’s activities, location, dates and times by visiting

RUSTY UPDATE – North American O’Neill Licensee Adds Rusty to Stable — R and Everything Else, Inc., the company that owns and controls the Rusty brand worldwide, tapped the La Jolla Group, Inc. as the new licensee for Rusty apparel and accessories in North America. Based out of Irvine, California, the La Jolla Group, Inc. also holds the licenses for the O’Neill, Lost and Metal Mulisha Clothing brands… Copyright 2007 SportsOneSource, LLC

BEACH CLEAN UP – Barefoot Wines, Surfrider Foundation and the Cape Fear Chapter invite you to the Wrightsville Beach Beach Rescue Clean-up and Celebration on Saturday, August 18, 2007. For more info visit

14th ANNUAL LUAU and LONGBOARD INVITATIONAL – The Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center today announced the 14th annual Luau and Longboard Invitational will be held at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography on August 19, 2007 beginning at 7 a.m. The Luau and Longboard Invitational has established a unique international reputation for combining the ‘aloha’ spirit of surfing with the business and scientific community in the fight against cancer. The event brings together some of the most respected men and women in surfing history with business leaders, scientists, physicians and cancer patients to increase awareness and raise much-needed funds for cancer research. All of the proceeds from the event are donated to the center’s leading research programs. Each of the sponsored teams of five, including an assigned surfing legend, vie for traditional trophies. In the afternoon, the Luau presents Polynesian dancing, bands, live and silent auctions, featuring surf memorabilia, and a ceremony to honor the winner of the Rell Sunn – Queen of Makaha Award. The award recognizes an individual for his or her dedication to helping others in the fight against cancer in ways that embody the true ‘aloha’ spirit. As part of its title sponsorship, Genentech’s donation will support a Thriver’s Team – a longboarding team comprised of surfers who have successfully fought cancer who participate in the competition.

SURF CONTEST – Rip Curl Boardmasters, Europe’s biggest surf, skate and music festival, returning to Newquay for it’s 26th year – August 6-12, 2007. The Rip Curl Boardmasters events include a $100,000 5* Men’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) surf contest, a Women’s 3* WQS $15,000 event, Vans Summer Session Vert and Eastpak Miniramp skate contests, a huge trade village and Foster’s Beach bar. The festival’s music event, Unleashed, will also return for a 3rd year at the stunning cliff top location of Watergate Bay. The Foster’s Beach Bar on Fistral Beach will host seven nights of live music at the ‘Beach Sessions’ presenting a selection of artists across a plethora of musical tastes from reggae soul to rock and punk. The Vans Summer Session is the biggest vert skate comp in the UK, if not Europe and is a massive highlight of the entire Rip Curl Boardmasters Festival. Skaters are invited from around the World to challenge for the coveted Summer Session Crown and the $20,000 prize purse! For info on the Rip Curl Boardmasters visit

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